A man who shot his two daughters and then himself on Memorial Day was a Vietnam Veteran who had received a Purple Heart for his service. His 8-year-old granddaughter grabbed the phone and called 911 after she heard the gunshots that killed her grandfather, her mother, and injured her aunt, reported CBS 47 on May 27, 2013.
“Our heart goes out to her, she had to take…take a brave step to do that in regards to what was happening in her home at the time,” said Sergeant Chris Douglass with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.
The shooter was 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez who lived with his two daughters and his three grandchildren in a small stucco home in a residential part of Orosi, a town of about 9,000 people in California’s Central Valley about 20 miles southeast of Fresno.
Around 4:39 a.m. on Monday morning, Memorial Day, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department received a call from an eight-year-old girl reporting gunfire in her home.
When deputies arrived at the home of the eight-year-old girl, they found her grandfather, 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her mother, 37-year-old Jennifer Kimble, dead from multiple gunshot wounds, and her mother’s sister, 33-year-old Valerie Alvarez injured by at least one gunshot wound.
The eight-year-old girl’s brothers, a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy, were unharmed.
“The sheriff’s department said after shooting his daughters, Alvarez turned the gun on himself. He was dead when deputies arrived. They said Kimble’s three children (ages 8, 11 and 13) were inside of the home at the time. After hearing the gunshots, her 8-year-old daughter is the one who grabbed the phone and called 911.”
Valerie Alvarez was flown to a Fresno hospital in critical condition. She was stabilized and having surgery, said Sergeant Chris Douglass with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.
Jennifer Kimble, the mother of the eight-year-old girl and her two older brothers, worked in the cafeteria of an elementary school one street over from the house and was a dedicated, caring employee, according to her supervisor there. Jennifer Kimble’s husband and the father of the three children was at work at the time of the shooting.
Detectives are talking to the three grandchildren of the man who shot his two daughters and himself in order to piece together what might have caused the Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran to shoot his daughters in the early morning hours of Memorial Day.